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Aliens: Advent/Terminus
Written by Paul Guinan
Anina Bennett
Illustrated by Paul Guinan
Inked by
Lettered by Willie Schubert
Colored by Rachelle Menashe
Cover(s) by Paul Guinan
Edited by Randy Stradley
Publisher Dark Horse Comics
Release date(s) July-Aug 1990
Media type
Preceded by Aliens (1989 series)
Concurrent Aliens: Earth War
Followed by Aliens: Countdown
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Aliens: Advent/Terminus is a two-part comic book short story (the first part entitled "Advent" and the second part entitled "Terminus") that was first published by Dark Horse Comics in the anthology series Dark Horse Presents, Vol. 1 #42-43, from July-August 1990. It was written by Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett, illustrated by Guinan, lettered by Willie Schubert, colored by Rachelle Menashe and edited by Randy Stradley. The issues of Dark Horse Presents also featured Aliens cover art by Guinan.

In the Aliens comics line, Aliens: Advent/Terminus was preceded by Aliens (1989 series), published concurrently with Aliens: Earth War, and was followed by Aliens: Countdown. The non-Dark Horse comic Do Aliens Dream? was also released concurrently, although it is not considered a part of the line.

Publisher's SummaryEdit

#42: Dark Horse comics premiere anthology presents in this issue the beginning of a two-part Aliens saga, by Heartbreakers co-creator Paul Guinan!

#43: Paul Guinan's all-new Aliens tale of an extraterrestrial treasure hunting expedition concludes as a vengeance-crazed cyborg leads them in a fight for survival.


The story features a wealthy neophyte explorer on hard times, his sex-synth, his mercenary bodyguard and a story-hungry freelance news reporter who encounter Aliens during an expedition into an Egyptian-style Alien tomb with poignant results.

Reprint HistoryEdit

Advent/Terminus was first collected alongside a number of other Dark Horse Presents Aliens stories published up until that point in a special single-issue collection titled Dark Horse Presents: Aliens Platinum Edition, released in April 1992.

In the United Kingdom, both parts of the comic were later reprinted in Aliens magazine, Vol. 1 #17, in June 1992.

The story was was eventually collected again as part of Aliens Omnibus: Volume 3 in March 2008.

The complete comic was released digitally through Dark Horse Digital on April 3, 2013, reusing Kilian Plunkett's cover art from Aliens: Labyrinth #3.

Behind the ScenesEdit

The basic story of Aliens: Advent/Terminus would, decades later, end up being somewhat similar to the plot of the 2004 film Alien vs. Predator.

Comics creators Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett were husband and wife. Guinan had also worked as an actor and Bennett would eventually become an editor at Dark Horse Comics, for a time on their Star Wars line. Guinan would go on to become one of the main artists/creators on the sprawling, year-long Aliens: Colonial Marines that ran from 1993-1994. In fact, amidst almost constant creative-team shake-ups on that faltering series, Guinan was probably the most consistent creator on the book, serving variously as artist, plotter, writer, inker and concept designer.


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External LinksEdit

Profile pages for all versions released on the Dark Horse Comics website:

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